Howe Sound

Feature Type:Sound (2) - Arm of the sea or a lake; inlet.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Extends N from Strait of Georgia, just W of entrance to Burrard Inlet, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°29'59"N, 123°18'59"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 92G/6
Related Maps: 92G/11

Origin Notes and History:

Decision in 18th Report, 1924.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

Named by Captain Vancouver after Admiral the Rt. Hon. Richard Scrope, Earl Howe (1726-1799), the hero, in 1794, of what has since been known in the annals of the British navy as the "Glorious First of June"... (see Walbran for additional biographical information)

Source: Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)

..... On [June 1, 1794] he not only defeated a superior French fleet but captured no less than seven ships of the line. When he returned from this great victory the royal family visited him aboard his flagship H.M.S. Queen Charlotte and the King presented his with a sword with a diamond-studded hilt valued at 3000 guineas...

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997